When I was invited to be on View From the Bay, a San Francisco talk show, they want me to talk about how life’s too short not to take risks. (We didn't actually get around to talking about that, but that's a whole other blog post!) Turns out I’m an expert at taking leaps of faith, with all the Pleaping (pink leap of faithing) I’ve done in the past four years. So really, I know what I’m talking about.
What do I mean? Well, it all started when I quit my fancy six-figure full time doctor job to write books and be an artist. My hard-working husband doesn’t bring home an income, and we had no money in the bank. So my decision to quit my job in search of inner peace and more joy was a huge deal. To finance this risk, we sold our house.
Then I launched Owning Pink, which required taking out a really big loan so I could pay Pinkies to help me run it. And now, we’re re-launching the website and shaking up Owning Pink in a whole new way, which has required that I liquidate my retirement account to avoid selling out to the venture capitalists who would pay my bills- but at the price of my freedom.
Why am I doing this? Because I believe in what I’m doing so much that I’m willing to risk it ALL for my passion.
I’m not alone
I’m not alone in taking Pleaps for the sake of Owning Pink. When I asked Joy to come on board as Owning Pink’s editor a year ago, she had a fancy, stable job at UC-Berkeley and a hefty mortgage for the house she owns with her partner that depended upon her income. My meager offer would do nothing to pay her bills. But Joy pleaped with me, with her partner’s support (bless his heart!).
Megan has pleaped too. She left her home, her boyfriend, and all of her belongings in Texas to forge her way into the world on the Magical Eyes Tour in the name of spreading love and joy in her wake.
And my husband, Matt, has risked everything with me, all in service to the dream. Every day is a renewed commitment to helping heal the world (no biggie).
Dana is Pleaping too, throwing herself into bringing Owning Pink to the next level because she believes in what we're doing here…
It’s as if the Universe is testing us.
It seems that Pleaping is a rite of passage for those on the Owning Pink team, as if we have to truly stand on the precipice and cross the pink threshold in order to fly together. Reminds me of the following the bird poem I love. It’s as if we must demonstrate that we’re truly, completely, 100% in.
Which means I’m either a trailblazer or a cautionary tale who will be filing for bankruptcy in a few years. But I don’t think it will be the latter. All signs point towards amplification of the vision, achieving the mission, and flying.
How have we had the guts to Pleap?
It hasn’t been easy. The fear that accompanies Pleaping can be paralyzing. My entire life I have played it safe- almost always choosing security over risk. I never gambled. Never played the stock market. Never went skydiving. Never skied anything more than an intermediate run. Never went out without sunscreen. Never cheated on my taxes.
And then, suddenly, in the wake of my Perfect Storm (giving birth, having my brother wind up in liver failure, losing my dog, and watching my father die, all within two weeks), I am jumping off cliffs like I’m a pro. Trust me, there are those who love me who think I’m nuts. And yet, here I am, Pleaping still.
Will it pay off? It already has. I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. And for the first time in my life, I can honestly that if I knew I was going to die in a year, I’d keep right on doing exactly what I’m doing. I am living the life of my dreams. I am blessed to be of service in the world. I’m living a mostly balanced life filled with creativity, spirituality, family, friends, fun, and work that feels like play. I’m serving my calling, following my life purpose, and having a blast. In truth, I’d do it all over again. I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long to really start living.
What about you, Pinkies? Are you playing it safe? Is there a risk you’re afraid to take? Do you think I’m nuts for Pleaping? Do you wish you had the guts to do it yourself?
Take my hand. We can Pleap together. Wheee!!!!!
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